July is birthday month at our house. We decided to do a joint birthday party with family and friends in the middle of the month for both of our kids. After seeing an inspiring blog post by a fellow Red Shoe Friend, we decided to encourage our guests to bring a small item from the Ronald McDonald House Wish List. Many of the items on the wish list are small, but as we all know, a little goes a long way. These things help the families feel a little closer to home.
Our five year old has some experience with being at Children’s for a minor surgery. We explained to her that there are some kids that go there because they are very sick, and sometimes their families have to stay across the street. It was easy and fun to explain to her that we were asking our friends to bring things to those families to help them out and make them smile. That, in turn, brought a smile to her face.
My children and I will be dropping off the laundry basket of items we collected at the House next week. I am so looking forward to seeing the pride in their faces when we deliver these items. This will be a tradition we continue in the years to come.
Jessica Miller is a member of the “Red Shoe Friends”, a volunteer group that supports and serves as an ambassador for the Ronald McDonald House through personal giving, fundraising and event support. She and her husband have two children ages 5 and 3.